• Active voting fellows and members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraged to participate in the annual election for offices and trustees-at-large on the Board of Trustees and for proposed amendments to the Academy’s governance documents. The election occurs each fall following the Annual Business Meeting and votes may be cast by mail or electronically by voting members in good standing.

    Board Nominations:

    In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for board positions on the 2021 Board of Trustees. These nominations were approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on June 20, 2020. If elected the following individuals will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2021. 

    President-Elect: Robert E. Wiggins Jr., MD, MHA
    Senior Secretary for Advocacy: George A. Williams, MD
    Trustee-at-Large: Anna Luisa Di Lorenzo, MD
    Trustee-at-Large: Aaron P. Weingeist, MD

    Proposed Amendments to the Academy Bylaws:

    The Board of Trustees recommends three amendments to the Academy’s bylaws for consideration and adoption by members. The first amendment would eliminate eligibility for those in the Associate and Industry membership categories to become Inactive Members. The second amendment would expand the Member-in-Training category to include PGY-1 trainees who match to a US or Canadian ophthalmology residency. The third amendment would create an additional membership class for medical students and would allow medical students to change their status to Member-in-Training without requiring reapplication. The amendments will be implemented by a majority vote via the Academy’s election. Read the full language in the Academy's Blog.

    Board Appointment:

    During the June Board of Trustees meeting, the following individual was appointed to the 2021 Board of Trustees and will begin her term on Jan. 1, 2021.

    International Trustee-at-Large: Alison Blake, MPH, MBBCh 

    Nomination Procedures for Academy Board:

    The general nomination deadline for the 2021 Board of Trustees closed on Jan. 31, 2020. To nominate a candidate by petition, a written petition to the Academy's CEO must be submitted no later than Sept. 14, 2020. The petition must be signed by at least 50 voting Academy fellows and members. Nominations for the 2022 board are open and will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2021. 

    Who Can Vote?

    Only Active Fellows, Active Osteopathic Fellows, Life Fellows, Life Osteopathic Fellows, Active Members and Life Members are eligible to vote in Academy elections. 

    Vote Online

    Voting fellows and members who have not voted electronically in previous elections will receive an online opt-in email in the early Fall. Those who choose to opt-in to the online ballot or who have voted online in previous elections, will receive their electronic voting materials via mail on Nov. 16, 2020. Emails will be sent to the email address listed in the Academy's membership database. Paper election materials will be sent to voting members who do not opt-in to the online ballot. Election closes at Noon (EST) on December 15, 2020.